Lone Elk Park

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Sherri T
Thomasville, PA154 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
This was a great experience, the wildlife didn’t disappoint, Elk, Bison and geese were plentiful and made for an excellent photography experience. Would definitely recommend and go back again. The park is free however they recommend a small donation of $1.00. We didn’t go to the bird sanctuary this visit. It was nice to be able to drive through the whole park. Please remember when visiting, we are in their home/habitat. We are their guests keep a safe distance from the animals so we don’t lose the privilege of visiting the animals.
Written December 3, 2021
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Joy W
Oostburg, WI133 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
They ask for a dollar donation at the entrance, which is a reasonable price. Some people drove in without donating but we stopped and climbed the tower and then gave the donation. We drove around and stopped at the pond to watch the turtles and fish. We then saw bison, deer and elk. It was nice seeing the animals up close.
Written April 2, 2021
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Dr. J
Saint Louis, MO307 contributions
Jun 2020 • Solo
I'm glad it's open during the covid lockdown. Although Google shows that it's closed at 5pm, it's actually open until sunset. I learned online that the best time to go is in the evening because animals come out when it's cooler. It's true. I was there between 5 and 8ish.

I was lucky to see bisons, elks, turkeys, and racoons roaming around. I also thought I couldn't get off the car, but I found this public bison trial near the visitor center and had a nice stroll. During hiking, I saw an elk mom wandering with her baby. It was truly lovely.

Also there are picnic chairs, tables and grillers so it can be a good idea to bring your own food.

Overall it's perfect for traveling alone and I enjoyed my time there for almost 3 hours.
Written June 28, 2020
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Lazearopinion2
5 contributions
Oct 2021
Such a gorgeous Park that is entry free ( but nice to add some cash into donation box). The Elk and deer are as you'd expect; just casually roaming and foraging for acorns right now. No pets allowed for good reason. After our drive we got out and hiked the White Bison Trail throughout the woods(3+ mile). We had a massive male Elk walk right in front of us about 20 feet in the woods! Wonderful outdoor experience.
Written November 1, 2021
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Mike O
Roanoke, VA1,251 contributions
Jun 2021
We were so pleased to find a family of eight Bison grazing along the roadside. We stopped our car a respectable distance and just watched. They all munched and wandered toward our car, passed by, and kept going. All-in-all we spent 20 minutes peacefully watching. Terrific experience. Afterwards we parked at the closed Visitor Center and hiked the 3.1 mile Bison Trail loop around the lake. Saw plenty of deer, woodpeckers, and a family of elk along the trail. It was well marked and easy to follow.
Written June 17, 2021
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Valerie Hays
Saint Louis, MO160 contributions
Mar 2020
This is a great day trip! You can take your time, picnic, walk trails and get up close and personal with the animals. I recommend staying around until late afternoon, the animals are more active and the buffalo come to the road around 5 o'clock(March) Also, don't be afraid to travel the driving route several times, every time you loop back through, you will get a new view. Great family activity!
Written April 16, 2020
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Claude B
1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Family
It was animals from the beginning to the end which surprised me because it was 100 degrees out during the day we went around 7 hopping that the animals would be on the move and they were. First off we just saw raccoons and then we saw slit of female elks with babies. After driving a little farther we saw the Buffalo herd. And then two male Elis in all there glory walking to the pond to drink and swim. We had with us kids 5-14 and they all enjoyed it a lot.
Written June 25, 2022
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c.c. rider
5 contributions
Jul 2020 • Friends
Beautiful day with the animals active. Many female elk in the water, a few male elk with majestic antlers, and bison on the road with two babies. As well as six raccoons and birds...and we didn't make it to the bird sanctuary. Driving around can be a little tricky especially getting to the park. But inside you can keep doing circles and see something new. Some trails but havent tried as there are, yes, ELK out there.
Written July 13, 2020
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dongannthemagicman
4 contributions
Sep 2019
Do you have 30 minutes, an hour or more that you want to spend watching animals without even leaving your car? Lone Elk Park is a Drive through experience not to be missed. Unlike the name there are dozens of elk,bison and deer roaming the park and plenty of pullouts where you can sit and watch them in their natural surroundings. I have seen bull elk wrestling for domination of the herd as well as mother's teaching their babies to swim. I have seen the whole bison herd circling around one brand new calf. and I have seen deer bucks courting young doe. There is always something amazing every time I visit. And it is free. But please leave a little something in the donation box so we can keep enjoying this awesome facility.
Written May 23, 2020
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DebbieK43
Saint Louis, MO12 contributions
Sep 2020
We live near Lone Elk Park and go there often. Just went a few weeks ago and saw large elk with large horns, lots of deer, buffalo and even a raccoon looking for a hand out. It is nice to be able to stay in your car and experience seeing the animals during this pandemic time when you can't do many other things that would require you to mingle with other people. We went near dusk which is when you see more deer. Always like going there, very peaceful.
Written September 30, 2020
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